Name: Canna Cannova varieties
Type of Plant: Cannas are large-leaf, flowering plants that add a tropical look to gardens and containers. They are hardy in a warm Zone 7 and above, but popular as annuals in colder areas.
Why I Love This Plant: The kind people at Ball Ingenuity sent me these Canna plants to try and I am so pleased that they did. First of all, they grew quickly. From a small plant in a 4” pot, these Cannas became large plants that strutted their stuff all summer. They flowered all summer, and the foliage was big and bold.
Cannas are tropical plants that love heat and sunshine, but I am happy to say that these Cannova varieties did beautifully even though our summer weather in 2023 was unrelentingly cloudy and damp. So this is a “thriller plant” that you know will perform well even if the weather is less than ideal.
In my containers the Canna Cannova Bronze Peach and the Canna Cannova Rose Dark Bud grew to about 3 feet tall. In the ground they might get a bit taller.
A Word to the Wise: Cannas can be over-wintered by putting the rhizomes in a cool but above-freezing location for the winter.
One of the Canna Cannova plants will pretty much fill a container, but adding a “spiller” to contrast with the big Canna leaves works well.